How many providers do you know that offer genuinely effective skill development programmes for ambitious and/or most able students? More importantly, how many would you recommend?
Finding an external scheme that actually makes the impact you want and offers good value for money can be surprisingly difficult.
Perhaps the secret is to learn from others and look at workshops hosted year after year by schools in your region or by some of the top performing schools in the UK.
Thinkers in Education deliver a range of these – enriching the curriculum, identifying the strengths of each participant and developing a skill set that will be advantageous in education and the workplace. There is a strong focus on higher order thinking, team building and communication – all assessed and given as immediate feedback to the students and performance reports for the school.
It is a proven formula that can positively change attitudes to learning and improve performance levels. Moreover, the reports generated can help support your assessment and provide additional evidence for Ofsted Inspections.
But, one of the biggest benefits is that a single day workshop can inspire your staff to trial new techniques and strategies in their own lessons – with all pupils.
Workshops are available during term time – enabling schools to run highly effective transition days, activity weeks and challenge days – or at weekends and during holidays.
In fact, weekend and holiday workshops are actually two of the easiest ways to introduce the range. They offer the school a chance to host leading STEM workshops at very little cost to the school, without affecting the timetable or adding to teacher workloads. Plus, they have been recommended by every host school since 2001.
To try this approach, you simply choose the date(s) you can host the workshop and provide the venue. We send you the literature to distribute to parents so they can book a place.
If, after 21 days, you have 25 or more pupils enrolled, we will confirm the event and run the workshop on the date of your choice. If not, there is no commitment and we release the date.
Parents pay for their child to attend, as they would for a school trip, or the school can choose to subsidise the cost and use Pupil Premium funding if appropriate. Parents can book and pay online, so there is no extra work for the school.
To request an information pack you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to discuss options with an advisor, please call 01603 520866.